As Many Different Articulations As There Are Consonants & Elisions

We pianists are taught articulation primarily as a binary concept; it’s either long or short, legato or staccato. There are gradations; a dot over a dash implies short, but not too short. But even within one staccato dot there is ambiguity, possibility. If I saw a staccato 8th note in a piece by Stravinsky or …

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Creating Shape By Varying At A Cellular Level The Expansion Or Compression Of Motives

The c minor Fugue, Book I again presents us with a laboratory, a crucible of experimentation & exploration, variation of the simplest rhythmic motive, the thrice-repeated pair of upbeat 16th notes eventually resulting in the final element, the 4th & final paired 16ths landing & originating on a strong beat. It’s an invitation to very …

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Distinguish Voices By Defining Their Individual Dynamic Arcs

A big part of newly conceiving the possibilities within notation is our re-examining our reaction to dynamic markings. As pianists, we see forte right between the treble & bass clefs of our staff, suggesting that notes under its immediate purview should all be played, by both hands, forte. One can make allowances to wanting to …

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J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue IX in E Major, II

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J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue VI in d minor, II

I know, the footage of the Prelude looks over-cranked, Tarantino-style. Swear to God, that’s just how my hands move. The Fugue is a Beethovenian universe, its subject and counter-subject inhabiting and cavorting variously within the orbits of 8th, 16th and triplet 16th figuration. A singular solar system.       My 96-episode archive, Everything We …

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J.S. Bach ~ The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One Prelude & Fugue IV in c# minor

As I make my way through recording the complete WTC, I’m also building a piano-curricular archive, videos explicating my thoughts and offering educational moments of more general application on each Prelude and Fugue. My 96-episode archive, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available at …

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